Marathon Runner Has 64 Percent of Body Burnt Because Company Ignored Regulations
Turia Pitt a 26-year-old marathon runner was competing in a Racing the Planet event when a bushfire broke out and left her close to dead. She suffered 64 percent burns to her body which were so severe that doctors had ruled out her chances of survival.
Despite this Turia managed to recover after 5 months spent in hospital. She lost her fingers and thumb on her right hand and now has to live with the burns to her body. The most traumatizing news for the young girl however was that her accident could have been avoided.
Race the Planet owned and run by international banker Mary Gadams had not notified authorities of their intended course. The WA Fire and Emergency Services Authority said they would have ordered the race to be moved or cancelled had they known of their intended course in the middle of an active bushfire season. The comapny also failed to have sufficient satellite phones resulting in communication difficulties.
After refusing to pay the victim’s medical bills she was forced to take them to court. After hearing details of the incident she is now set to receive a multi-million dollar payout although there have been no criminal charges against the organisation. The confidential settlement is reported at $10 million however the actual figure is said to be less than half that figure.
Turia’s recovery has been supported by boyfriend Michael Hoskin and friends and she now plans to walk the Great Wall of China to raise funds for burns charity Interplast.
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